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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

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The long wait is finally over.
The long wait is finally over.

Now the games count

Opening Day has always been a special day for me. It was 16 years ago, on April 7, 1998 that I celebrated my first day of self employment (and the birth of OnMilwaukee.com) at County Stadium. I haven’t missed many since then.

And even though I’ve already seen the Brewers play in Phoenix this spring, Opening Day marks the end of a long, grueling winter. Like my friend, Jim Powell, who I had a chance to chat with in the media dining, says, baseball will hold your hand for six months.

I’m ready.

Of course, it’s different in the press box than when I was tailgating back in the day. No cheering, no beer, no Brewers gear. But the excitement can be felt up here, too. I’m seeing lots of people I haven’t seen since September, and listening to Doug Melvin and Mark Attanasio speak downstairs – it’s hard not to feel optimistic about this season.

Because for another half-hour, the Brewers are undefeated. Like Melvin said, the team isn’t just turning a page from last season, it’s tearing up the book.

Right now, I feel good about this team. Hope has sprung eternal, and I’m among tens of thousands of fans who are as excited as I am. This is one of the best days of the year.

Go Brewers!

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